Nature Post: Steamy Florida

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Nature Post:  Steamy Florida

Note to Readers: Instead of placing these nature walks under the “Journal Entry” category, I will be putting them under “Nature”, a sub-category under “Writing by Eliza”. None of this matters to the reader, just that I’m into organization right now.  And those readers who rather skip the bird photos and marsh walks can go on to more esoteric or current news subjects.

So onto the latest walks…

Summertime in Southern Florida is inescapably steamy and hot, although not as hot as the temperatures have been reaching in the Southwest (120+ in Phoenix!).  Even Sedona, Arizona, a town that sits in a higher region of the great Sonoran Desert has been running temps close to 110 F during the daylight hours.  Oye!  A little steamy heat may not be too bad after all, and the nice breezes coming off the ocean make the air temperature seem a tad cooler.

The photos from this group are from three separate walks.  Birds, lizards, gators and turtles feature.

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These beauties or beasties, depending on your perspective, were a family of at least six to seven iguanas.  They hide in the underbrush, easily climb trees and love to sun on the grass.  BTW, iguanas are NOT native to Florida, but are thriving in the sub-tropical climate here, as evidenced above.

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A wood stork gathering breakfast.  They scoop up the mud, filter and eat the little critters.   These large stoic birds bring up very noisy, hungry, wing-flapping youngsters.

A rare sight for me, four Roseate Spoonbills, along with a gathering of Egrets, all intent in gathering up the feast in a shallow pool.  I noticed that the water level in the wetlands had been dropped considerably, perhaps in preparation for the next heavy rain, but also to allow these wading birds easier access to their prey, tiny minnows and the like.

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A small family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  I find them a very handsome duck with their rich coloring.  Apparently their wings give off a whistling noise when in flight.

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This is a male turtle sunning himself on one of his favorite perches (according to some local naturalists).

That’s it for today, folks.  Enjoy the upcoming 4th of July celebrations for those of you in the States.

Blessings to all,

Eliza Ayres

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